After the French riots of 2005, the problem of the immigrant groups has become more critical than ever for the French population. Numerous researchers carried out studies in order to identify the problems of the national immigration policy that led to these riots. A closer examination of this problem made analysts assume that the size of an immigrant community has a significant impact on its assimilation with the local population as well as its social behavior (Vladescu 11). In other words, it is assumed that the more limited the social representation of particular immigrants is, the more threats it represents to the local stability.
Therefore, the relevant report is aimed at the examination of the interconnection between the size of an immigrant representation and the potential character of its members’ behavior.
The problem of immigration and its impact on the local community has been widely studied throughout the past decades. Thus, researchers have contradicting views on the causes of riots. Some scientists firmly believe that the social unrest among immigrants is determined by their incapacity to adapt to the new environment. Therefore, they consider inner factors to be of critical importance for explaining the nature of riots (Kastoryano 74).
In the meantime, an opposite point of view supports the idea that the social unrest among immigrants is caused by such external factors as a poor immigration policy and the incapacity of the government to assure consistent assimilation and adaptation of the new-comers (Garbaye 180).
Such a discrepancy in scientific opinions shows that there is no universal formula that can be applied to the explanation of the nature of riots. Therefore, each case is to be considered separately. The relevant research puts a particular focus on the examination of this problem in the framework of the French riots in 2005.
The principle research question aims to find out whether a limited social representation of immigrants threatens the stability of the French population. In order to answer the relevant questions, it is essential to study a series of aspects. First and foremost, it is necessary to determine the size of representation that should be referred to as “limited.” Moreover, it is critical to study whether the examined regularity can be found in other countries. Finally, it is important to analyze the nature of the riots of 2005 and compare it with other riots provoked by immigrants in France.
Types of Sources
In order to address the problem properly, one needs to rely on a consistent literature base. Thus, the relevant research will use peer-reviewed articles and scientific literature. It is assumed that the general problem’s background might be studied with the help of Escafre-Dublet’s book devoted to the analysis of the French immigration policy. The book is particularly useful as it provides a comparative analysis of the national immigration policy in France and other European countries (Escafre-Dublet 15). Moreover, a detailed analysis of the minority groups in France can be found in Patrick Simon’s works. The author supports the idea that the size of an immigrant community influences its general behavior (Simon 1109). Finally, David Snow offers a complex examination of the French riots in 2005. The author believes that the causes of these riots are both internal and external (Snow 399). The mentioned sources are only a few examples of the literature sources that the research will employ.
Escafre-Dublet, Angeline. Mainstreaming Immigrant Integration Policy in France, Brussels: Migration Policy Institute, 2014. Print.
Garbaye, Romain. Getting Into Local Power: The Politics of Ethnic Minorities in British and French Cities, Carlton, Victoria: John Wiley & Sons, 2005. Print.
Kastoryano, Riva. Negotiating Identities: States and Immigrants in France and Germany, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2002. Print.
Simon, Patrick. “France and the Unknown Second Generation: Preliminary Results on Social Mobility” International Migration Review 37.4 (2003): 1091-1119. Print.
Snow, David. “Framing the French Riots: A Comparative Study of Frame Variation” Social Forces 86.2 (2007): 385-415. Print.
Vladescu, Eloisa. “The Assimilation of Immigrant Groups in France – Myth or Reality?” Jean Monnet and Robert Schuman Paper Series 5.39 (2006): 1-24. Print.